Jorge Sampaoli names official 23-man Argentina squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup
This Monday, May 21, Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli named his official 23-man roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. There were not many surprises in the final selection, perhaps the biggest snub was Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan.
However, with players like Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala already on the team, there really was not any room for the Inter Milan captain. The three goalkeepers that will be headed to Russia are Sergio Romero and Willy Caballero, who both play in the EPL along with Franco Armani of River Plate.
The defense is perhaps the weak point on the team, but still features some talented players like Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi. The midfield might be the main concern on La Albiceleste as the only defensive midfielders on the team are Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia.
However, there is no lack of offensive options in the midfield with players like Angel Di Maria, Manuel Lanzini and Ever Banega. Lionel Messi is the standout player on the list and will be looking for redemption after the events of the 2014 World Cup final.
Sampaoli’s roster includes 19 players that currently play in Europe, three players that play in Argentina and Javier Mascherano that plays with Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League.
The youngest Argentine players that are headed to Russia are Cristian Pavon and Giovani Lo Celso, who are both 22 years old. The most veteran player on the squad is 36-year-old goalkeeper Willy Caballero of Chelsea.
Argentina should be one of the favorites to be crowned champions in Russia led by their icon Lionel Messi and should be an intriguing team to watch under the leadership of Jorge Sampaoli.